Personnel

  • Stephanie Garman Freed

    Co-Founder & Executive Director

    Stephanie learned about human trafficking from her father, Joe Garman, who had been working in Southeast Asia for many years. As she began to research the issue, she felt compelled to stand up for trafficked and exploited children. She co-founded Rapha House in 2003, and continues to work tirelessly on behalf of children everywhere. She serves as the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Rapha House, but she still believes that being a mother is the most important job in her life. She lives in Joplin, MO along with her husband, Brandon, and their three children. 

  • Angie Brower

    Counselor, LMSW

    Angie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a heart for serving abused and exploited children. She began helping with Rapha House when it was only a vision and now serves on staff as a therapist. In addition to collaborating on issues of trauma and therapy techniques to be used in our safe houses, Angie continues to see clients of all kinds in the U.S. Many of the clients are children who come from the foster care system and have faced severe traumas of many kinds.

  • Angela Foster

    Director of Involvement

    Angela's heart was deeply changed after taking an awareness trip to Cambodia in October 2011. After returning from her trip, she began volunteering once a week and eventually joined the staff in June 2012. She leads the team of staff at the U.S. office as the Director of Involvement and she seeks ways to involve each and every person who has an interest in Rapha House.

  • Biaka Zaidarhzauva

    Creative Director

    Biaka first heard about Rapha House while attending Ozark Christian college in Joplin, MO. He was inspired to help, but wasn't sure how. With a passion for art and design, Biaka designed graphics on his computer and donated his work to Rapha House. The team loved them and those very graphics became the standard logo for Rapha House! Biaka served as an intern and later joined the team in April 2013. As Media Director, Biaka creates and coordinates graphics and marketing materials to tell the Rapha House story.

  • Crystal Melton

    Freedom Stylist Director

    Crystal has been an instrumental part of The Freedom Stylist Progam's development. She had been volunteering with Rapha House for 6 years, and was asked to step into a essential leadership role over a year ago. She has been to Cambodia multiple times, and now leads a yearly Freedom Stylist Trip. Each time Crystal goes to Cambodia, her love for the people grows that much stronger. She believes that hairstyling is an important renewable resource that doesn't infringe on culture, but instead empowers it. She has confidence that training girls who are at risk the art of hairstyling will give them the gift of lasting freedom. Crystal has been married to Andy, her high school sweetheart, for over 15 years. They live in Nashville, TN, with their two children whom she home schools. 

  • David Peters

    General Counsel and Strategic Development Director

     

    The Old Testament prophets woke David to Jesus’ teaching and the heart of God for the poor, widow, orphan, alien and oppressed.  Through church work in Miami, seminary, and law school, David and his wife Anastasia endeavored to figure out how they were supposed to serve the marginalized and forgotten, especially once they were confronted with the horrors of human trafficking.  While a professor, David began a partnership with Rapha House that went from part time now to full time.  With Anastasia and their kids, David is more eager than ever to empower the church to be God’s heart and hands in the world, especially to the "least of these" that mean so much to God.

  • Jenna Harrison

    Operations Coordinator

    Jenna first felt the Lord’s growing passion in her life to work with international ministries during her time attending college at West Texas A&M University where she completed a Dual Degree in Broadcast Journalism and Advertising Public Relations. During her time as a student Jenna had the opportunity to hear Sophorn and Stephanie share their stories and was convicted she needed to be involved with Rapha House in the fight against human trafficking and sexual exploitation. 

    After graduating, Jenna moved to South Asia for six months and that experience confirmed the calling God had on her life to be involved in ministry. Shortly after returning to America, Jenna moved to Joplin to begin an internship with Rapha House. During her internship, she participated in an awareness trip to Cambodia. Her desire to work with Rapha House greatly increased after this experience.  In January of 2017 Jenna joined the staff of Rapha House International as the Operations Coordinator. She loves the hope that there is no end to what God can do through these people and this organization.

  • Jennifer Osgood

    Educational Outreach Instructor

    Jen’s greatest desire has always been to utilize her educational and life experiences to make a difference in the lives of children who are hurting. With a bachelor’s degree in psychology, eight years of experience working in special education, and ten years of experience working with the child welfare system, Jen began working for Rapha House in 2008 as the Child Protection Officer. In 2013 Jen moved to Cambodia to serve as country director for Rapha House. After almost two years in Cambodia, Jen returned to the US as the International Director of Client Services.  Now in the role of Educational Outreach Instructor she is using her passion and experience to instruct law enforcement, medical personnel, educators, and church leadership to the dangers and warning signs of trafficking victims.

  • Kristian Brennon

    Donations Coordinator

    Kristian first connected with Rapha House through a friend at church. She started out as an intern in the finance office and eventually joined the staff in June of 2016. She is excited to use her love of finance to benefit Rapha House and God's Kingdom. As she continues her education, she hopes to help others effectively manage their finances and make giving a priority in order to further God's work on Earth.

  • Travis Buchan

    Chief Financial Officer

    Travis first discovered Rapha House while attending Ozark Christian College in Joplin, MO. He began volunteering with Rapha House in the summer of 2012 and came on staff later that year.  As Chief Financial Officer, Travis helps oversee the financial operations of Rapha House internationally. He is a Certified Public Accountant and he enjoys using his business expertise in a supporting role to help speak for those who cannot speak for themselves.

  • Whitney Herrod

    Director of Merchandise

    Whitney learned about Rapha House at a young age and began volunteering in high school. She later moved to Denton, TX, to pursue fashion design at the University of North Texas with the intention of using her love of fashion to fight modern day slavery. The summer of 2013, she completed her fashion internship in Cambodia with the Rapha House sewing program, which inspired an award-winning evening wear collection at her senior fashion show. Whitney came on staff as the Director of Merchandise in 2015 and continues to use her skills to benefit the Rapha House girls.

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